Book Launch of In the Suburbs of History: Modernist Visions of the Urban Periphery by Steven Logan

April 14, 2021 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

On the occasion of the publication of Steven Logan's In the Suburbs of History, this book launch puts Logan in conversation with The Globe and Mail architecture critic Alex Bozikovic and journalist and author Amanda Kolson Hurley. The launch will be hosted by Professor William Jenkins, Interim Director of the City Institute, with introductions by Professor Roger Keil, editor of the Global Suburbanisms book series. Register here.


In the Suburbs of History challenges the divisions between East and West and in doing so reassembles the shared histories of modern architecture and urbanism as it shaped and re-shaped the periphery of cities in the 20th century. Drawing on archives, interviews, architectural journals, and site visits to the peripheries of Prague and Toronto, Logan reveals the intertwined histories of capitalist and socialist urban planning. Examining socialist utopias and capitalist visions of the edge city, Logan shows that the history of the suburbs is not simply a history of competing urban forms; rather, it is a history of alternatives that sought out collective solutions over the dominant model of single-family home ownership and car-dominated spaces.

Steven Logan is adjunct faculty and 2021/2022 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Communication, Culture, and Information Technology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.

The event is hosted by City Institute at York University and co-presented by Global Suburbanisms  and University of Toronto Press.  Registered participants will be given discount code for the book when purchased at the University of Toronto Press website .

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